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Estimated Expenses

You must provide evidence of financial support for the first year of study. Santa Rosa Junior College estimates you will need a minimum of $27,000 USD for your first year of study. If you have a local sponsor who will provide free room and board, documentation of only $14,000 in available funds is required, along with a housing guarantee. Students who share apartments with roommates will have lower living expenses, but we still need to see evidence of $13,000 for housing. 

Expense Cost
SRJC Tuition ($376/unit) & Fees* $9,100
Living Expenses (housing and meals) $13,000
Books and Supplies $1,700
Miscellaneous: transportation, personal expenses $1,700
Mandatory Health Insurance* $1,500
Total: $27,000

*Tuition fees effective Summer 2020. Includes 12 units per semester. Tuition fees and health insurance fees are subject to change annually. Dependents must show an additional $5,000 for a spouse and $3,000 per child.

The tuition amount is based on a minimum of 12 college units per semester required for students to remain in legal F-1 Visa status. Many students typically enroll in more than 12 units. Actual tuition expenses may be slightly higher. More information is available on the Accounting Office website.


International Student Payments

How to view your balance

Once you have registered for classes, you can login to your Student Portal to view your Class Schedule and Fees (under My Records). International students at SRJC pay nonresident fees at $376 per unit (subject to change). The Accounting Office website has a breakdown of these fees. A 12-unit schedule costs $4,535 in Fall 2020.

In addition to fees, international students must also purchase the F-1 Health Insurance plan. You are automatically enrolled in this plan, and you can login to your Student Portal to view the amount when you click Pay Fees* (under Financial Aid & Fees). Including health insurance, a 12-unit schedule costs $5,233.45 in Fall 2020.

*Note that this fee is listed as optional, but it is required.

Payment deadlines

The F-1 Health Insurance payment is due by the first day of classes. If you haven’t paid this fee, ISP will place a hold on your account at the beginning of the semester. The hold will prevent you from making changes to your class schedule, registering for future semesters, or obtaining your degree/certificate.

Fees are listed as due (or delinquent) in your Student Portal when classes begin. While SRJC does not have a specific payment deadline, you must pay your fees before you will be allowed to register for classes again. Typically, registration starts in late November for the Spring semester, and in late April for the Fall semester. For example, if you begin your studies in August, you should pay your fees by November to ensure you’ll be allowed to register for Spring semester classes during your priority registration appointment. Because SRJC classes fill up quickly, this is especially important for international students, who must maintain their legal F-1 status by registering for 12 units in the Program of Study listed on your Form I-20.

How to pay your fees

Students can pay their fees online, via phone, by mail, or in-person. A complete list of acceptable payment methods is available on the Accounting Office website. If paying online in your Student Portal, the entire balance must be paid. If using another method, you can make partial payments until the balance is paid off.

Payment Plans

If you cannot pay the total balance due before your priority registration appointment, you may request a payment plan online. With this option, you can pay 1/3 of your balance due, and be allowed to register for another semester of classes. The remaining amount will be due in two monthly installments of one third each. You will receive a monthly email reminder with the remaining balance.

Here is a sample to-do list for students who are on a payment plan:

  1. April: Register for Fall classes
  2. August: Pay the Fall health insurance fee
  3. November: Setup payment plan, play 1/3 of Fall tuition fees
  4. December: Register for Spring classes
  5. January: Pay the Spring health insurance fee
  6. February: Pay 2/3 of Fall tuition fees
  7. March: Pay 3/3 of Fall tuition fees
  8. April: Pay Spring tuition fees and register for Fall classes

*Note that you cannot have two semesters worth of tuition fees combined on the same payment plan. You would need to pay off the first semesters’ fees and the first third of the second semesters’ fees before registering for a third semester of classes at SRJC. Payment plans may not be used to pay for fines like late library returns, athletic gear, or lab fees.


Communication Disclaimer

Important note about email communication and the payment of fees with Santa Rosa Junior College: If you receive emails from individuals who claim to represent Santa Rosa Junior College staff, please make sure that their email domain is @santarosa.edu. Occasionally, scammers may try to represent staff members of Santa Rosa Junior College using other email domain accounts, such as @gmail.com. Do not respond to these emails. Additionally, some scammers may solicit you for payment of fees owed. Never offer credit card or bank information via email to anyone claiming to be or appearing to be a Santa Rosa Junior College employee. The official methods for fee payments are listed on the Accounting Office website.


Scholarships

Spring 2019 Scholarship WinnerUnfortunately, international students are ineligible to apply for state or federal financial aid though FAFSA. However, SRJC is proud to offer a number of financial scholarships to international students. More information can be found on our international scholarship website.